I have been painting beautiful town of Southport for few years now. The town invites artists to plein air paintouts and wet-paint sales every spring and fall. I have enjoyed painting this quaint town and am thankful to many art patrons who have purchased my original paintings. This year, I did two watercolors and one oil. I did oil painting on Friday and watercolors on Saturday. The oil painting sold on the same day and watercolor sold at the Wet-paint sale. This year, I decided to change locations and compositions of my paintings. I have always painted water and boats- so, Bay Street painting was a definite change! It is possible that I may be doing a live wedding painting at the Gazebo next year!
Lately, I have been making custom surface for my oil paintings. I usually paint on oil-primed linen. And now I apply titanium or lead ground to make a smoother and less absorbent surface. This makes a marked difference for all prima and plein air work. I haven’t settled on the ideal surface for my watercolors yet. I usually do plein air work on rough surface. Southport watercolors above were done on cold-pressed surface. I very rarely use hot-pressed surface for pen air work. I stick with Arches most of the time and sometimes Saunder’s Waterford. When I paint figures and nudes during my life drawing/ painting sessions, I use many different varieties. More on that later…
I love painting outdoors and some of my favorite times is Spring and Summer when I can paint anything boats, waterfronts, beach and sand. There is something majestic about ocean life to me and something soothing as well. I have a collection to share of some of my favorite paintings that are watercolors. Let me know if you have a favorite boat, beach house, or commercial building like hotels or boardwalks that you would like painted. I can be commissioned for those year round.
Earlier this year, I was in Southport NC for the international paint out. Southport is one of my favorite places to paint. The town hosts plein air paint outs twice a year. This gives artists opportunity to paint this beautiful place. The paint out was followed by a wet paint sale.
I had arrived in Southport on Friday evening. The weather was beautiful so I was able to finish two paintings before it got too dark to paint. Next day I started early to capture the morning light. When I paint on location, I like to capture different times of the day. The light changes constantly, so, I like to work quickly. I finished three paintings on Saturday. This has been a busy year for painting en plein air. After the Southport event, I also went to Wrightsville beach and Galas VA for different plein air events.
And back home, I have been busy painting on location at the Durant Nature Park as well as Raleigh downtown. Meanwhile, the studio work continues as well. I am also working on several holiday commissions. More on those later this monght.
I love Southport! This small coastal town in North Carolina is famous for being the filming location of many movies and TV shows. And for us artists, it offers a wide variety of subjects. The City of Southport hosts paintouts each year. I had my first opportunity to participate last year and then again this year. The format of the paintouts was artist-friendly. And local patrons were there for the support. I enjoyed painting with my fellow artists and also enjoyed meeting many patrons. I had painted four pieces over the course of one and half days and was fortunate to have sold all!
The images I have posted here are from the paintout last year. Mostly painted around the same locations and at the same times. When I look at all the pieces, I can see how my style has evolved. Since I sketch a lot, I can see that my drawing has improved. I have also learned to take the time and enjoy the whole process.
I traveled to Southport,NC this weekend to participate in their semi-annual Paint Out. We arrived in Southport on Friday evening, a few minutes after 6pm. We went to a lovely reception and met a few friend, and then I went off to paint while my family explored the area. I found a spot in the marina where I could paint these boats, and it was a beautiful sunset…….
Morning came quickly and so did the gnats! I went back to my spot from the night before and found that there was more to capture.
The afternoon came quickly, but I was able to complete one other painting before lunch and sketch my last painting of the day.
The sale started at 3pm, and we sold all 4 paintings that I did in the Paint Out. I was thrilled to have so many new faces stop by but also to connect with other artists that I have known for years and new artists as well. It was a very well organized event and I am very thankfulto Cindy Brochure for putting this event on in such a beautiful place.